Things I want my daughter to know as we smash the patriarchy

This was in my daughters art pile from school yesterday. It's not "pretty". It's tough and a little sad but with a tiny smile and achingly beautiful. Just like my girl. I asked her who it was and she immediately said, "OH THAT'S ME". Of course I added the wording, but when I saw her self-portrait …

Learning how to hurt and then how to heal at age 4 and 44

There's a pattern to their fights. To their skirmishes. To their kerfuffles. They are four. They are twins. They wrestle and touch each other CONSTANTLY until it gets to be too much and somebody snaps. When they push each other down and call each other names and maybe even bust out an I HATE YOU, I …